Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

Living Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford


  • Rita PasionEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1065-1



Phenotypic propensity toward inhibitory control problems, comprising behavioral manifestations of impulsive action, urgency, lack of planfulness, impatience, distractibility, boredom susceptibility, irresponsibility, risk taking, and sensation and novelty seeking.


The definition of disinhibition is not consensual. As an umbrella concept, disinhibition interacts with several other constructs that are frequently used in the literature to describe a tendency toward inhibitory control problems. For example, disinhibition and impulsivity (see impulsivity in Winstanley) are frequently used as interchangeable constructs. However, disinhibition may be conceptualized as a general background for behavioral impulsivity (Luria 1969).

Disinhibition is a complex multifaceted construct. From the literature review, the most consensual and prominent phenotypic expressions of disinhibition include impulsive action, a sense of...


Personality Disorder Antisocial Personality Disorder Effortful Control Psychopathic Trait Borderline Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Católica Porto Business SchoolPortoPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Beth A. Visser
    • 1
  1. 1.Lakehead UniversityOrilliaCanada